AuroraWatch UK Aurora Alerts 4+

Aurora Borealis Alerts

Progress Concepts Limited

    • Free


The aurora borealis (or northern lights) is a spectacular natural phenomenon which can occasionally be seen in the night sky over Britain. Once seen, it is never forgotten.

AuroraWatch UK is a free service offering alerts when the aurora might be visible from the UK. It is run by scientists in the Space and Planetary Physics group at Lancaster University’s Department of Physics.

The AuroraWatch UK app for iOS is written, run and maintained by Neil Morton at Progress Concepts Limited, in association with AuroraWatch UK, giving you the data at your fingertips on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, and delivering free real-time alerts whenever aurora is likely to be visible from the UK.

Alerts are configurable within the app to different levels, so you will know when to look out for aurora wherever you are.

* Receive realtime alerts direct to your device when sighting is likely.
* Monitor the UK's geomagnetic activity in real-time.
* See how likely it is that you may see the aurora.
* View last 24 hours chart.
* View map with current aurora & cloud cover.
* View Shetland Cliff Cam to see any aurora.
* Widget allows quick access to current activity.
* Watch app allows quick access to current activity.
* Watch complications.
* Use Siri shortcuts to get latest status (including HomePod).

What’s New

Version 2.10.0

- Background updates.
- Thanks for using AuroraWatch UK.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23.4K Ratings

23.4K Ratings

georgialeathompson ,

Excellent for Astrophotography

I have had this app for almost a year now and unfortunately hadn’t had a chance to use it fully before until the recent G5 storm on Friday May 10th.

Like most of the UK, I was out taking photos of the aurora and this app was invaluable during this time. I could easily check the levels of the geomagnetic storm on the main page, and the auroras location on the map, making it easy to decide when to move on to an area higher North. While I only made it to two spots before the sun began to rise again, I doubt I would have managed the second spot without this app helping me follow the storm. 10/10, would (and will) aurora hunt with this app again

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind review.

Hali26 ,

Not really helpful in getting you to see the aurora

Whilst this app does have its virtues, it’s biggest problem is that it informs you of aurora activity when it is too late. Telling me what is currently occurring isn’t good enough to go to a location to see it because by the time you you get there, the forecast has changed and aurora completed. There’s no forecast at play, which makes it a bit useless. It’s fun if you wish to see a livecam from the Shetland’s, but that’s it. The colour coding is also inaccurate. I’ve seen many red alerts on there, and it notifies you that the red alert means that the aurora is visible everywhere in the U.K., and this simply never true. It is never visible all over the U.K.– all one can really say is that it is visible in parts of Scotland & northern England. I’ve been attempting to chase the aurora for the last 6-7 years, but this app hasn’t really helped me in that regard. I guess this is just an app for someone purely interested in geomagnetic activity.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review.

I am sorry that the entire purpose of the app, providing real time alerts, is not for you.

You may find reading the FAQs from Lancaster University about the reasons for real time alerts here useful. Also may be useful too.

The Aurora is never going to visible from everywhere, *but*, the red alert is suggestive of the possibility of being able to see the Aurora across the entire UK, as in the geomagnetic activity is such that it is likely to stretch that far. In that respect the colours are indeed accurate, but sadly don't meet with your wants.

I would strongly suggest taking a look at and poking around the site to get more information.

BalliAlli ,

Fantastic App

This app, for me, is by far the best app on my phone. The Aurora is one of those bucket list items and having this app makes it highly likely that I get to view it from Scotland. The app is very accurate with alerts when Northern lights are out and about. The amount of times this year I’ve had a 3am notification and jumped out of bed and sure enough I see the green and purple hue in the sky.
Excellent app, free to use and lots of very detailed information including maps and live cam feeds from Shetland.
Definately the best available app for Aurora spotting.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your very kind review.

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